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H.M.A.S. Goorangai - H.M.A.T. Duntroon CollisionPrint Page Print this page

HMAS Goorangi   HMAT Duntroon Collision
HMAS Goorangi HMAT Duntroon Collision
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Memorial cross erected by the Naval Commemoration of Victoria for the twenty-four men of H.M.A.S Goorangai who drowned in a collision with H.M.A.S Duntroon in 1940.

At about 8.3Opm on 20 November 1940 HMAS Goorangai (223 tons), whilst steaming from Queenscliff to Portsea, was struck forward of the funnel by HMAT Duntroon (10,346 tons gross) which was leaving for Sydney loaded with troops. The Goorangai was cut in two and sank in less than a minute in the approaches to the South Channel.

Wartime security prevented the Duntroon from heaving to or switching on searchlights to look for survivors. However, the Duntroon did lower lifeboats, fire rockets, and sound three blasts on the whistle to alert the residents of Queenscliff. When the lifeboat Queenscliffe reached the scene of the disaster the crew found the minesweeper sunk in about 15 metres of water with only the tops of the masts visible. Despite an extensive search only six bodies were recovered.

 

Location

Address:Hesse Street, Shortland`s Bluff, Queenscliff, 3225
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.273775
Long: 144.658625
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:20-November-1940
Actual Event End Date:20-November-1940

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:October, 1980
Approx. Monument Dedication Date:November-1980
Front Inscription

The first Australian naval loss during World War 2 occurred on 20th November 1940 when H.M.A.S. Goorangai whilst on passage from Queenscliff to Portsea was sunk as the result of a collission with H.M.A.T. Duntroon. There were no survivors.

This monument is in proud memory of those who served in H.M.A.S. Goorangai.

Fear God Honour the King Peter Ch 2 V 17 (Navy Motto) [Names]

They are the flowers of the sea. Erected by the Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria. November 1980

Source: MA,VMR
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